Welcome to Intercession for Priests

There is only one priesthood – the Priesthood of Christ; there is only one saving sacrifice, that which Jesus offered on the Cross. All of God’s people share in the priesthood through baptism in a spiritual and mystical way representing the Church – the Body of Christ. Ordained Priests share in it uniquely because they represent Christ, the Head of the Church. It is the ordained priestly ministry that makes it possible for the whole Church to exercise its spiritual priesthood because only the priest acting in persona Christi can make the offering of Christ really present among the people of God, who unite with Him in offering themselves.

At the Intercession for Priests – we pray for holiness for ourselves as priests and for

Bishops, priests and deacons everywhere.

  • We pray that priests will be full of the love of Christ, that they will be secure in their identity and vocation and alive with the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • We also pray in thanksgiving for the vast army of faithful priests that they may grow in the love of Christ.
  • We pray for priests who are persecuted and imprisoned, who are rejected and poor.
  • We pray that they will be protected from the deception of the evil one and safeguarded from confusion of doctrine and rebellion against authority in the Church.

Mission

The Intercession for Priests was started by Father Kevin Scallon, C.M. at All Hallows College in 1976 in response to the great upheaval in the priesthood in the years following Vatican II.

How it all began…

The years following Vatican II were a critical time for priests and many decided to leave the ministry. Those who persevere were trying to come to terms with the nature and demands of priestly ministry. Even then it seemed clear that the crises in the priesthood were not of the kind that would be resolved by human means, but by prayer and fasting.

The mission of the Intercession for Priests is to pray for the spiritual and pastoral renewal of the ordained ministry in the Catholic Church. It is inspired by two words from scripture:

Simon, behold Satan desired to have you that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren. (Luke 22:31-32)

In the days of his flesh…offered up prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears (Heb. 5:7) and is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Heb. 7:25).

Providentially, Sr. Briege came on the very first day, 16th of July. Her love for the Church and for the priesthood was then, and now, unconditional. Her gift of ministering to priests is quite unique.

A Prayer for Priests

A Prayer for Priests
A Prayer for Priests
Oracion Por Los Sacerdotes
Oracion Por Los Sacerdotes
Priere Pour Les Pretres
Priere Pour Les Pretres
Preghiera Per I Sacerdoti
Preghiera Per I Sacerdoti

Publications

I Will Come Myself - Experiencing the Risen Christ
I Will Come Myself – Experiencing the Risen Christ
A Rosary of Intercession for Priests
In Memory of Me